Putnam, George Palmer

Putnam, George Palmer,

1814–72, American publisher, b. Brunswick, Maine; grandnephew of Israel PutnamPutnam, Israel,
1718–90, American Revolutionary general, b. Salem (now Danvers), Mass. A farmer at Pomfret, Conn., he fought in the French and Indian Wars, seeing action at Montreal (1760) and at Havana (1762).
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. A member of the New York City bookselling firm of Wiley and Putnam, he established a branch in London in 1841. He later returned to New York to found (1848) G. P. Putnam's Sons. He was proprietor of Putnam's Magazine (1853–57), which was revived for brief periods in 1868–71 and 1906–10. One of the founders of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, he was its honorary secretary. George Haven PutnamPutnam, George Haven,
1844–1930, American publisher, b. England; son of G. P. Putnam. He served in the Civil War until he was captured by the Confederates in 1864; he retired with the rank of major. On his father's death he became head of G. P. Putnam's Sons.
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 and Herbert PutnamPutnam, Herbert,
1861–1955, American librarian, b. New York City; son of George P. Putnam. He served as librarian at the Minneapolis Athenaeum (1884–87) and of the Minneapolis Public Library (1887–91).
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 were his sons, and Mary Putnam Jacobi, a physician, was his daughter.

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See the memoir by his son G. H. Putnam (1912).


Putnam, George Palmer,

1887–1950, American author and explorer, b. Rye, N.Y.; grandson of G. P. PutnamPutnam, George Palmer,
1814–72, American publisher, b. Brunswick, Maine; grandnephew of Israel Putnam. A member of the New York City bookselling firm of Wiley and Putnam, he established a branch in London in 1841. He later returned to New York to found (1848) G. P.
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, founder of the publishing firm. He led two expeditions to the Arctic—one in 1926, under the sponsorship of the American Museum of Natural History, up the west coast of Greenland and the other in 1927 to Baffin Island to collect specimens of wildlife. He married Amelia EarhartEarhart, Amelia
, 1897–1937, American aviator, b. Atchison, Kans. She was the first woman to cross the Atlantic by airplane (1928) and the first woman to make a solo flight across the Atlantic (1932).
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 in 1931, and after she was lost at sea in 1937 he wrote her biography, Soaring Wings (1939). His autobiography, Wide Margins, appeared in 1942.

Putnam, George Palmer

(1814–72) publisher; born in Brunswick, Maine. In 1866, having operated an agency to sell American books in London, and having published his own magazine, Palmer's Monthly Magazine, he started the firm that became G. P. Putnam & Son, known for its high literary standards. He fought energetically for reforms in copyright law.
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